On April 15, 2019, a fire broke out in the Notre Dame de Paris. Much of the roof and the spire was destroyed. Luckily most of the artworks and relics were moved to safety. Three people were injured. There was a huge outpouring of grief over the damage to this iconic building. There was an equally huge outpouring of indignation over the pledges of over €1 billion to restore what was lost. While I am always saddened by the loss of cultural heritage, I would have to agree that that money could so easily be spent on alleviating the suffrering of the poor and marginalised. This painting, however, is not a commentary on that argument but just a salute to the loss of all that the church symbolised to many people. It is me saying goodbye.
Dimensions: 50 x 60 cm
Medium: Coldwax and oil on canvas, unframed
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